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A Language for the Inward Landscape: Spiritual Wisdom from the Quaker Movement

By Brian Drayton and William P. Taber Jr. Tract Association of Friends, 2016. 180 pages. $20/hardcover. Late in the fourth century, Saint Jerome set out to make the Bible accessible to Christians in the Western Roman Empire. Writing in the common language of people in that part of the empire, Jerome produced a Latin book […]

Paul Buckley is a member of Community Friends Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Quaker history, faith, and practice. His most recent book is The Essential Elias Hicks.


Posted in: August 2016 Books, August 2016: Quaker Spaces, Quaker Book Reviews
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A Seeker’s Theology: Christianity Reinterpreted as Mysticism

By John G. Macort. Self-published, 2016. 231 pages. $9.50/paperback. John Macort, formerly an Episcopalian priest but long acquainted with Friends and recently a member, shares with the reader some elements of his spiritual autobiography. The present volume represents a compilation of lectures delivered over the course of several years, and perhaps is best appreciated not […]

Brian Drayton worships with the new Souhegan Meeting, allowed by Weare (N.H.) Meeting.


Posted in: April 2018 Books, Healing, Quaker Book Reviews
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Being Quaker…Where you are: A Journey Among Isolated Friends in the Northwest

By Sakre Kennington Edson. Western Friend, 2017. 244 pages. $20/paperback; $9/eBook. In the middle of an overly full week, I promised to read this book for Friends Journal. The rash promise turned out to yield an unexpected gift, and I encourage you to open this book for yourself and pass it around your meeting. Sakre […]

Brian Drayton worships with the new Souhegan Friends Meeting in Wilton, N.H., allowed by Weare Meeting in Henniker, N.H.


Posted in: February 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, September 2017
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By Law of Grace: A Journey with the People of the Streets, a Personal Experience

By Heidi Blocher. Apprenticeship to Jesus, 2016. 120 pages. $7 suggested donation/paperback. Heidi Blocher, a New England Friend who has traveled widely in America and Europe (and the 2010 Richard Cary lecturer at German Yearly Meeting), takes us on a journey few of us would undertake on our own. As I read this book, I […]

Brian Drayton worships with the new Souhegan Meeting in Wilton, N.H., allowed by Weare (N.H.) Meeting.


Posted in: June/July 2017 Books, June/July 2017: Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith

By Ruah Swennerfelt. Quaker Institute for the Future Focus Book 10, 2016. 111 pages. $15/paperback; free PDF available at quakerinstitute​.org. The Transition movement is rapidly becoming a significant international vehicle for deep, nonviolent, democratic social change, as community groups around the world study together about what a sustainable future will require and start to build […]

Brian Drayton worships with the new Souhegan Meeting, allowed by Weare (N.H.) Meeting.


Posted in: November 2016 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Quakers and Social Media
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Early Quakers and Their Theological Thought: 1647–1723

Edited by Stephen W. Angell and Pink Dandelion. Cambridge University Press, 2015. 340 pages. $120/hardcover; $96/eBook. “An institution is the lengthened shadow of a man,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 essay “Self-Reliance,” and used Quakerism and George Fox as his example. Yet Fox’s Journal alone gives evidence of the diversity of other personalities […]

Brian Drayton attends Souhegan Meeting (Allowed) in Wilton, N.H.


Posted in: February 2016, February 2016 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture

By C. Wess Daniels. Pickwick Publications, 2015. 223 pages. $27/paperback; $9.99/eBook. Quakerism, most agree, is in need of renewal. There are many possible paths to this goal, however. C. Wess Daniels in this book works to construct and argue for a model of Quakerism that draws from recent thinking about community and culture. This is […]

Brian Drayton worships with the new Souhegan Meeting in Wilton, N.H., allowed by Weare (N.H.) Meeting.


Posted in: November 2015 Books, November 2015: Books and Pop Culture, Quaker Book Reviews, Uncategorized
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Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age

By James Carroll. Viking, 2014. 352 pages. $30/hardcover; $14.99/eBook. In every age, Christ has presented a challenge: to interpret, to relate to, to cope with. The Christ of Peter was not Paul’s, was not Julian of Norwich’s, was not Fox’s, was not Hicks’s. Friends continue to wrestle with the multiplex meanings of this person—in fact, […]

Brian Drayton is a member of Weare (N.H.) meeting.


Posted in: June/July 2015 Books, June/July 2015: Activists vs Mystics vs Pragmatists, Quaker Book Reviews
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Love Is Rigorous

I am embarrassed but glad to confess that for many years now, a watchword for me has been the title of James Nayler’s paper of confession and explanation: To the Life of God In All. For me this encapsulates how we are to live together: to anchor our considerations, words, and deeds in that life […]

Brian Drayton, an ecologist working in science education, is a member of Weare (N.H.) Meeting in New England Yearly Meeting, and a recorded minister. He is the author of On Living with a Concern for Gospel Ministry, and more recently the Pendle Hill Pamphlet James Nayler Speaking.


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The Sign of Jonah and the Witness of Friends Today

Few people in any religious community will deny that our times require clear-eyed, honest diagnosis informed by the guidance of the Holy Spirit—this was a keynote already in John XXIII’s Pacem in Terris, in which “discerning the signs of the times” was his image for noting both positive and negative developments in the modern world, […]

Brian Drayton is a member of Weare (N.H.) Meeting.


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